BJCC concerned over future of domed stadium

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The coming months could be critical to the future of the multi-purpose domed stadium for Birmingham.

An architectural design team has finished the conceptual design work on the proposed facility.

"We know what type of building should be built here," Jack Fields, BJCC executive director, said. "We know how it should functioned and the next step is the completed design. Once you do that you are committed."

To move forward on the actual design would mean the BJCC board will know how much they are willing to spend on the multi-million dollar building. Most of  the funding will have to come from the city of Birmingham which is facing a $70 million hole in it's budget.

"We will be out of the situation we are currently in to do some things," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell. "We just got to postpone some things, readjust some things in support of the project."

Jefferson Co. Commission President Bettye Fine Collins says she had doubts Birmingham will be able to live up to it's financial commitment.

"They have a deficit," Collins said. "I think it's premature to say it will be built. I think it will be several months before the funds will be available.  I think it will be a while before it will be built."

Meanwhile the board continues to move forward on plans to build a new entertainment district.

"Our plans are to move forward on the entertainment district," Fields said. "We hope to make an announcement on that in the near future."

Fields says the work on the entertainment district can start sooner than the domed stadium because it will be a smaller
project. Fields says the actual work on the domed stadium is still about four years away.

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